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Cot - Wooden, Portland Bay, 1837 Object Reg. No: ST 024551

Wooden child's cot, used by Richmond Henty, circa 1837. Richmond Henty was born August 3, 1837. The son of Stephen and Jane Henty, he was the first white child born at Portland Bay, Victoria. Mrs Stephen (Jane) Henty is acknowledged as the first white woman to settle permanently in Western Victoria.

The four Henty brothers Edward, Francis, Stephen and John and their families, are credited with establishing the first permanent settlement in what would become the state of Victoria. The Henty's established a permanent settlement at Portland Bay, as well as the settlements of Digby (on Emu Creek) and Hotspur (on the Crawford River) in the late 1830's.

The Henty brothers had intended to follow pastoral pursuits at Portland, however they also found both sperm and black whales so plentiful that Edward and Stephen went into partnership as whalers. In their first season they killed 61 whales and landed 300 tons of oil.
Child's wooden cot painted brown on metal casters. The cot has wooden slats, four turned wooden posts, and is enclosed on three sides and part of the way on the fourth side.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from E. Henty, 1959
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 975 mm (Height), 1110 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: immigration, settlement, furnishings, victorian pioneers, whaling, pastoral industry, cots
Themes this item is part of: Edward Henty, Pastoralist (1810-1878), Domestic & Community Life Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: DOMESTIC LIFE
Secondary Classification: Furniture
Tertiary Classification: sleeping - children's
User: Mr Richmond Henty, Portland Bay Settlement, Victoria, Australia, 1837
Date Made: circa 1830s


Brendon Jarrett Posted on 14 Jun 2014 12:00 AM
Richmond Henty was possibly the first male child born at Portland but he was not the first child. The Hentys were tonguing, not whaling, in their first season. The whales were not Sperm Whales(which are generally a deep seas species) but Right Whales which, until females and calves were indiscriminately killed, were common in the bay during the winter months.

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